20 April 2010 – airports open!

Hoping this doesn't happen again

Hoping this doesn’t happen again

My car documents arrived today. They seem to have taken forever. Now I can tax and insure it. After that I will be able to drive it. That is a very scary thought. I haven’t had a lesson since I started at the Mad House. Mike is not working any more and I haven’t got round. To finding another instructor. Part of me is scared at the thought of it. Fitting in driving lessons seems quite a task too, working the hours I do. Still, one thing at a time eh? Continue reading

19 April 2010 – goodbye Amy!

The war zone

Just another normal day in the war zone

Just three more days to get through and I’m on holiday! Yay! Although we aren’t flying out to Turkey until May 1 (if there are any flights that is) I have next week off so I can pack and prepare. It will also be a last chance workout week for me. I’m planning to do lots of exercise and watch my diet carefully in an effort to lose whatever I can before I brave the beach. There was a two pound loss this week, a result of a very good food week. All temptations were resisted, lots of exercise was done. Every single day I walked to work, did my pump it up and some evening exercise too. It shows it can be done but it may be a case of too little too late. I may be officially the lightest I’ve been for as long as I can remember but I’m still a way off being a healthy weight for my height, more than a stone away. See, if I’d just controlled myself over Christmas I’d be there right now! Grr, why am I so easily tempted? Continue reading

17 April 2010 – blue skies and no planes

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Today is a rest day. Yesterday I went for a walk along the river, went up the Big Hill for the food shopping, lugged it all back home again and cooked food for the week. The trouble with working the late shift is I’m not at home when Commando needs to eat, in fact he’s long gone by the time I get in and I end up having to microwave my dinner and eat alone like a saddo. These days I mostly double up when I’m cooking so I can freeze one portion for another day, that way I don’t have to spend the whole weekend in the kitchen cooking four extra meals. It’s harder now the weather’s warmer though, we don’t want to eat stews and chillies in summer and they’re the easiest things to freeze. Still I’d rather have the sunshine than an easy time in the kitchen. Continue reading

15 April 2010 – ash cloud blues

Ash cloud

Ash cloud

Yesterday when I saw the news item about some unpronounceable volcano in Iceland erupting I didn’t take much notice. Tonight though, the news is full of it. Apparently it has thrown up a huge ash cloud and more or less all UK flights have been cancelled. Commando is very fond of watching Air Crash Investigation and I remember an episode where a plane flew through a ash cloud with disastrous results. They saw strange lights, like St Elmo’s fire and there was weird sulphurous smoke in the cabin. Then the engines failed. Thankfully the plane managed to land safely but it was touch and go and the ash had almost stripped the paint off the outside. Continue reading

12 April 2010 – weigh in regrets

An extra stone makes a big difference

An extra stone makes a big difference

Another pound off this morning and I’m getting close to my lowest weight ever. Even so, I can’t help thinking that, if I’d eaten better over Christmas, I could be so much lighter now. More than a stone lighter to be exact. Imagine that, I’d be ten stone something now! I don’t think I’ve been ten stone something since I had Philo. Continue reading

10 April 2010 – a clothes breakthrough

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This morning I got some shorts out that were too small for me last summer. I didn’t expect them to fit but I wanted to see if they were any closer to fitting. Last summer I could hardly pull them up over my thighs, today, not only did I pull them up but they zipped up and fit perfectly too. I wore them all day feeling very proud of myself. The funny thing is I didn’t weigh much less last summer than I do now. Maybe all the walking and exercise has toned my muscles up. Continue reading

8 April 2010 – flowers outside the fire station

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There were flowers outside the fire station again this morning when I passed, huge banks of them. Last night there was a massive fire in one of the tower blocks just outside the city centre and two of the firemen from this station were killed. Their photographs were on the news this morning and one was a face I recognised, I’ve smiled and said good morning to him many times on my walk to work and it turns out he actually lives in The Crescent. Although I didn’t know him it brought a lump to my throat to see the messages on all the cards. Continue reading

7 April 2010 – meeting the new manager!

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There are just twenty five sleeps until Turkey! Yikes. At weigh in yesterday I lost two pounds again. I’m thinking one of those was the one I didn’t lose last week. Maybe the Sunday football celebration food was still in my system and skewed the weigh in. Just three weigh ins to go now though so I really have to be on best behaviour. So far this week I’ve been good. Even over the Easter weekend there was no chocolate, although the Thursday night celebration probably wasn’t a good idea in hindsight. I really want to wear my bikini on the beach on my birthday. Obviously, I have to actually buy one first. Continue reading

5 April 2010 – cooking and football

Dancing referee

Dancing referee

Yesterday I had a lazy day, sort of. While Commando cleaned the car I cooked some healthy meals for the week and fed the not faulty freezer. Because I work late shift and Commando works nights I have to make sure there is something he can heat up and I can microwave on week nights. The temptation is to go with ready meals but I’m trying hard to keep the calories low, especially as there’s less than a month left until Turkey. Cooking my own meals from scratch means I can control the fat and sugar content. Continue reading